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Experts: Orbiting observatory mapping soil moisture will benefit Arizona

A recently launched NASA satellite that is gathering data on the planet's soil moisture will benefit Arizona decision-makers from the halls of government to fields where farmers need to know when to plant, a project scientist says. ... Read more»

$3M pot bust leads agents to cross-border tunnel in Naco

A multi-million dollar drug bust led federal investigators to a "sophisticated" cross-border tunnel Monday night hidden beneath a shed in Naco, Ariz. ... Read more»1

County leaders say local gov't must play role in immigration

Immigration may be a federal issue, but Arizona officials said county governments have a role to play, too - particularly in educating residents about the immigration system. The comments came at briefing on the president's immigration actions at national meeting of county officials. ... Read more»3

Douglas, Ducey and charter schools: Dissecting the claims

During the showdown over her firing of two State Board of Education staff members, Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas accused Gov. Doug Ducey of establishing a “shadow faction” including charter school operators and moving funds from traditional public schools to charter schools. ... Read more»1

Bill would let governments deny ‘unduly burdensome’ records requests

Saying local governments are wasting resources responding to public records requests filed by a handful of individuals intent on harassment, a state lawmaker wants to give agencies the power to deny such requests.... Read more»2

Video: Tucson mail taking long, strange trip after Cherrybell shutdown

Tucson's main post office on Cherrybell Stravenue stopped processing mail on Jan. 5. This means mail sent from a Tucson address to another across town must take a trip north to Phoenix and back in order to be delivered. Mail sent from all Southern Arizona addresses is now sorted in Phoenix.... Read more»1

Factchecking Az congressman's 'amnesty bonuses' claim

Factcheck: At a townhall meeting on Feb. 9 Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Flagstaff, claimed “each illegal alien will get $24,000 in compensation. " Will people living in the U.S. illegally receive “amnesty bonuses” because of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration?... Read more»1

DOJ lawyers challenge judge's immigration decision

With a shutdown looming for the Department of Homeland Security, federal lawyers have asked that a judge's decision to halt two deferred action programs to be lifted. ... Read more»1

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Fimbres: First steps for HomeGoods distro center

A lot has been said and even downplayed about the recent action by the Tucson mayor and City Council about the proposed HomeGoods Distribution Center coming to our city. Here is what has happened. ... Read more»1

City makes HR head a permanent hire

After a nationwide search, the city of Tucson has appointed the interim head of its Human Resources Department as the permanent chief. Curry Hale has been leading the city's HR division since former director, Lani Simmons, abruptly stepped down at the end of March 2014.... Read more»

Feds cancel RFP for immigration paperwork center

Friday, the federal government called off a call for proposals to set up a special operations center in Virginia to process to process up to five million forms for DAPA, the Obama administration's deferred action program focused on parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. ... Read more»

White House to seek stay of immigration ruling

The Obama administration will ask a court on Monday to allow the president’s controversial immigration plan to move forward after a Texas judge halted the program earlier this week. ... Read more»

DHS budget shutdown looms, but frontline services will go on

If the Department of Homeland Security runs out of money next week, as feared, TSA workers will still keep watch on Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and federal agents will still patrol the Mexican border. They just won't get paid until Congress passes a budget to fund DHS. ... Read more»

Corp. Comm. chair: Clean-air plan could threaten state’s power supply

There is “simply no way” Arizona can comply with proposed new clean-air rules without “irreparable disruption” to the state power system’s reliability, said Susan Bitter Smith, chair of the Arizona Corporation Commission.... Read more»1

Arizona continues fight over licenses for 'Dreamers'

New Attorney General Mark Brnovich has resumed Arizona's legal battle to deny driver's licenses for young immigrants covered by deferred action programs. ... Read more»1

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